11 October 2022

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I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

Through six turbulent months of 1934, 17-year-old Cassandra Mortmain keeps a journal, filling three notebooks with sharply funny yet poignant entries about her home, a ruined Suffolk castle, and her eccentric and penniless family. By the time the last diary shuts, there have been great changes in the Mortmain household, not the least of which is that Cassandra is deeply, hopelessly, in love.

I loved this book!  The narrator, Cassandra, is a hugely likeable character who is refreshingly honest with the reader about her feelings on just about everything.  I think I liked the fact that this novel transported me back to a time where life just seemed somewhat simpler (although not necessarily easier).  If you're looking to time travel to a quieter time, then this is certainly one to read.   

Mrs Elliott
English Teacher

AR Book Level: 5.9 (purple)

Tags: English Library